Novitiate | Full Movie

  • R
  • 2h 3m
  • 2017
Certified Fresh87%
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Set in the early 1950s through to the mid-60s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh87%
Critics Consensus: Led by a gripping performance from Melissa Leo, Novitiate grapples uncompromisingly -- and ultimately compellingly -- with questions of faith and feminism.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Intense nuns-in-training drama has language, sensuality.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Novitiate is an intense drama about young nuns in the 1960s. It's not easy to watch: Many of the young women are subjected to disturbing emotional and verbal torture by an authority figure; they're also forced to do physical punishments, and one woman whips herself as a form of penance. There's some smoking and non-sexual nudity. Characters also wrestle with their repressed sexuality, leading to non-graphic scenes of masturbation and an emotional (but non-graphic) scene of lovemaking between two women. There's also some rough language, including "f--k." The movie seriously confronts religious doubts and questions of faith, and it paints a pretty unflattering portrait of the Catholic Church (or at least this particular convent) in the time leading up to the Vatican II reforms.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 6, 2017
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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